White Chinchilla, also known as Chinchilla lanigera, are mainly distributed in the Andes mountains of South America. They are a kind of chinchillas, which like a dry and cool environment. And they like to go out at night and do not like strong direct sunlight. Chinchilla lanigera with docile temperament are also very courageous.
Features of Chinchilla lanigera
The body color of a Chinchilla lanigera is pure white, and its habits and personality are the same as those of chinchillas. It has a very cute appearance and is very popular with humans. They are even more valuable due to its unique coat color.
The weight of this Chinchilla is 400-500g male/450-800g female; body length is 20-25cm; tail length is 7-15cm. It looks very similar to rabbits and squirrels. Long-tailed species and short-tailed species are small and fat, with a rabbit-like head and a squirrel-like tail. Chinchilla lanigera has a pair of big bright eyes, with many beards of different lengths on the side of the nose, and is sensitive to touch. The ears of Chinchilla lanigera are large, thin, and blunt and round. The forelegs are short, with 5 toes, the hind limbs are strong, with 4 toes, good at jumping.
Feeding Points of Chinchilla lanigera
Breeding the Chinchilla also has certain feeding taboos, especially human food, try not to give the chinchillas casually. The Chinchilla in the wild mainly feed on herbs, cacti, hay and seeds. So, what kind of food should be fed to the captive Chinchilla?
Snacks such as melon seeds, peanuts, almonds, raisins, preserved fruits, etc. are all favorites for this kinds of Chinchilla. However, there are many diseases caused by these snacks. For example, melon seeds and peanuts are rich in fat. The digestive system of the chinchillas has limited ability to digest and decompose oil, which can easily cause slow intestinal peristalsis, leading to constipation and even intestinal obstruction. The various dried fruits and dried fruits containing a lot of sugar can also cause disorders of the digestive system of this Chinchilla and cause diseases. Therefore, it is not recommended to choose this type of food to feed Chinchilla lanigera.